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Poster: CornyPop Date: Jan 10, 2012 1:51am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Copyright renewal question

Can someone explain copyright renewal - for example, I find a copyright for this movie from 1936, but cannot find a renewal in the 1960's compendium page - shouldn't it have been renewed around 1964? Is it PD now?

BIG BROWN EYES. Presented by Adolph
Zukor. 1936. 8 reels, sd. Based on the
stories "Hahsit Babe" and "Big Brown
Eyes" by James Edward Grant.

Credits: Producer, Walter Wanger;
director, Raoul Walsh; screenplay, Raoul
Walsh, Bert Hanlon.

Paramount Productions, Inc.; 3Apr36-
LP6280.

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Poster: larus Date: Jan 10, 2012 3:10am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright renewal question

BIG BROWN EYES, a photoplay in eight
reels by Paramount Productions.
© 3Apr36; L6280. Emka division of
MCA, Inc. (PWH); 26Apr63; R315010.
(1963 Catalog of Copyright Entries, Parts 12-13, p55)

If by 1960s compendium you mean the 1960-1969 Catalog of Copyright Entries, Parts 12-13, Cumulative Series, be aware that the decennial volumes only contain original registrations, not renewals. In other words, the 1960-1969 Cumulative Series volume contains only original registrations filed in 1960-1969, not renewals filed in 1960-1969 for films originally registered in the 1930s or 1940s.
Decennial volumes are useful to easily find a film's original registration date and thus calculate what the renewal window should have been. But the renewals themselves can only be found in the yearly CCEs.

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Poster: CornyPop Date: Jan 10, 2012 3:42am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright renewal question

Thanks, I thought the cumulative pages were the sum of the single year pages. Thanks for the clarification. I'm learning, but there is much to learn.